Shane Victorino is out of the lineup for the second day in a row with lower back spasms. There is no thought, manager John Farrell said, of the right fielder going on the disabled list.
“It’ll be based on how he continues to improve day over day and responds to the treatment," said Farrell. "We’re not any closer today to saying this is a DL situation. He’s still day to day."
The Sox are off Monday. They could give Victorino five consecutive days off to get healthy and not play him until Tuesday in Toronto.
“It’s a real possibility," Farrell said. "But how he feels is going to be the single most important thing in this.”
• Farrell said he is amazed at what David Ortiz has done since coming off the disabled list.
“Considering he’s missed eight months and only had 18 at-bats before coming back here to us, yeah, he’s doing an incredible job," Farrell said. "Just his timing. The way he’s come back in and the timing to pitches seen.
"Against lefthanders, he’s let the ball travel deep. He’s hit the ball the other way. He’s a very good hitter. I don’t mean to be at a loss for words here, but not trying to dissect it and explain it. It’s incredible the production he’s had in a short period of time.”
Farrell believes Ortiz has improved as a hitter in recent years.
“Across the field, you saw him with more of a willingness to use the Wall and stay inside of pitches," said Farrell. "He’s used the bigger part of the field. It’s allowed him to see the ball better and track the ball longer.
"He’s not afraid to get jammed. He’s not afraid to let the ball get deep. He’s so strong he can fight base hits off the other way, and when he gets a hanging breaking ball or a fastball that stays in the middle of the plate, he does what he did last night with it."
• Stephen Drew is getting a day off so Pedro Ciriaco can play against a lefthander. Farrell said Ciriaco could play again in the series. That could be for Will Middlebrooks, perhaps.
• Farrell on Mike Carp: “He’s done a great job of staying prepared. He went, I think, maybe the first 12 games of the season before he got an at-bat. Then he gets a spot start over in Cleveland, and much like we talked about the confidence, he gets a start and he gets three hits, three extra-base hits. It’s continued to carry over."